Councilmember George Leventhal

December 18, 2017 | Staff Writer

Quince Orchard Library Branch Reopens (PHOTOS)

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Quince Orchard branch has reopened. The library, located at 15831 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg, was closed due to renovations under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the County’s Capital Improvement Program. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett was joined by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, County Councilmembers Sidney Katz and […]

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December 12, 2017 | Staff Writer

Council Approves Resolution Aimed to Meet Needs of Residents with Developmental Differences

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a resolution at its session early Tuesday that would designate members of the Council to staff a work group to help address meeting the needs of residents with developmental differences. Introduced by Councilmember George Leventhal, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, the goal of the work group […]

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December 5, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Council Urges Washington To Provide ‘Pathway to Permanent Residency’

The Montgomery County Council urged the White House and Congress to work together to legislate “a pathway to permanent residency” for individuals who are in the country under temporary protected status (TPS) or children in the country under deferred action of childhood arrivals (DACA). The council action came in a resolution that passed unanimously. Councilmember […]

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November 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich Draws Flak Over ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Comment

County Councilmember Marc Elrich was taken to task Wednesday for his choice of words — “ethnic cleansing” — to describe how the 16-mile Purple Line would displace neighborhoods along its route. “Words matter. To equate potential gentrification with ethnic cleansing is offensive. Period,” County Council President Roger Berliner said. Elrich and Berliner were among the […]

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September 5, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Ficker Left Out of Candidates Debate

Republican county executive candidate Robin Ficker is objecting to a Nov. 15 forum hosted by The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce because the event includes only the three Democratic candidates for the position. The event got an attack from a second front — that the chamber was seeking $50 from chamber members and $70 from […]

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September 4, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Candidates March in Labor Day Parades (VIDEO)

Monday was the unofficial end of summer, and it was the unofficial start of the political season. With parades in Kensington and Gaithersburg, politicians were out in full force. Here’s what the four declared candidates for county executive have to say about what voters are telling them at this early stage of the campaign: We […]

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August 3, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Loses Court Challenge of Pesticide Ban (VIDEO)

A judge ruled Thursday the county could not regulate residents’ ability to use pesticides on their lawns, issuing a summary judgment in favor of lawn care companies and others who opposed the 2015 measure. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann said the county ordinance conflicted with state laws regarding pesticides, which would have pre-empted […]

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June 7, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Formally Enters County Executive Race

County Council President Roger Berliner said Wednesday he would work to bring prosperity for all county residents. “Not just some, but all. Extending the ladder of economic opportunity up and down,” Berliner said at an event announcing his campaign to become Montgomery’s next county executive. About 70 people attended the announcement, at Owen’s Ordinary. Berliner […]

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May 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner: During Political Season, He Remains ‘Committed to Working with Colleagues’

Council President Roger Berliner said he remains “committed to working” with his colleagues on the issues. Here’s his full reply to a question about how he anticipates the council to work through the upcoming political season:

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May 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Approves Fossil Fuel Divestiture Resolution

The Montgomery County Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging the boards managing county employee pension plans to minimize investments in companies with the largest fossil fuel reserves. The vote was 8-1, with Councilmember Nancy Floreen the only nay vote. The resolution has no binding effect. Council President Roger Berliner sought the measure to encourage the […]

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